The patio behind the corner building at Magazine and St. Joseph streets is so large it was once home to a downtown beach volleyball complex. Soon, it will become the outdoor centerpiece of a new restaurant and bar intended to plant a bit of a whimsical getaway in the middle of the Warehouse District.
Flamingo A-Go-Go is scheduled to open just before Thanksgiving at 869 Magazine St., which was previously the Warehouse Grille.
Its piazza-sized outdoor space will have a fountain wall along one side, a pergola in the middle and an Army cargo truck (known as a deuce-and-a-half) with its flatbed turned into an elevated platform for a 14-person table.
It’s the latest project from Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, the local hospitality company that has been expanding at a rapid clip, developing new restaurants and buying older ones.
Flamingo A-Go-Go will land along the casual end of the dining spectrum, with a menu focused on small plates for sharing, burgers, Gulf fish and comfort food standards, explained company CEO Marv Ammari. It will have 45 taps for not just beer, but wine and batched cocktails also.
It will be a big new addition to its Warehouse District neighborhood, with up to 450 seats across some 7,000 square feet inside and another 7,000 square feet outside. Ammari hopes the casual atmosphere and accommodations appeal to impromptu group outings.
“The first thing we want people to think about is that they’re getting away from it all,” he said. “It’s about a meeting place, somewhere to make you feel like you’re on vacation.”
While aiming for people who live and work in the Warehouse District, it also should be a draw for visitors in the area, he said, noting that the National World War II Museum is a block away.
The Warehouse Grille closed last year. It had followed a number of casual tavern concepts at this address, including Tucker’s and McGuire’s. Before Hurricane Katrina, it was home to Polynesian Joe’s, a downtown hot spot that maintained multiple beach volleyball courts in the patio area. Polynesian Joe’s did not reopen after Katrina.
Plans for another large al fresco dining spot are taking shape four blocks away at El Patio Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Garden, according to a recent report from Gambit. This new addition, at 845 Carondelet St., is from the same proprietor who once ran happy hour favorite La Casita nearby and operates a larger La Casita on Oak Street. Gambit reported that El Patio is slated to open in late 2017 in the building that had once been Indulge Island Grill, which had a large pool patio area (since filled in) stretching behind its storefront facade.
869 Magazine St.
Project opening: late-November